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Posted on: June 20, 2022

Unlawful Use of a Weapon and Possession of a Firearm by a Felon Investigation

On 06-19-22 at 2:10 a.m., City of Carbondale police officers initiated a vehicle stop on a vehicle with suspended registration in the 900 block of West Main Street.  During the traffic stop, the officer observed a passenger, later identified as Rashaad Z. Barr, 28 of Murphysboro, in possession of a handgun.  When the officer directed Barr to show his hands, the driver of the vehicle fled from the stop at a high rate of speed.  Officers pursued the vehicle and the driver eventually stopped on West Pinewood Drive near West Alveria Drive.  All three occupants fled from the vehicle. Officers apprehended Barr after a brief foot chase.  The other two occupants of the vehicle were not located.  During the investigation, officers recovered a handgun and illegal drugs discarded by the suspects.  Barr was arrested for Unlawful Use of a Weapon, Unlawful Use of a Weapon by a Felon and Resisting or Obstructing a Peace Officer.  Barr was incarcerated in the Jackson County Jail.  The investigation is active and ongoing.

 During the search for the suspects, two Carbondale Police Department vehicles collided causing minor injuries to an officer and damage to the vehicles.

Rashaad Z. Barr, 28 of Murphysboro 

 Anyone with information about this incident is encouraged to contact the City of Carbondale Police Department at (618) 549-2121. You may also call the Carbondale/SIU Crime Stoppers anonymous tip line at (618) 549-COPS (2677) or the Murphysboro/Jackson County anonymous tip line at (618) 687-COPS (2677). Anonymous tips may also be made by selecting the “Crime Stoppers” tab located on the main page of this website. Please help yourself, along with your county, its communities and the university campus by using these numbers if you witness, or have any information pertaining to, a crime. Cash rewards for information which leads to an arrest are also made anonymously. Remember, crime doesn’t pay, but Crime Stoppers does!

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